Virginia accelerates telework program. 34 states have adopted telework programs
Traffic congestion — a hot issue in Virginia — has driven lawmakers to shift the state’s telecommuting initiative into overdrive, challenging government managers to allow at least 25 percent of eligible employees to work from home.
Telecommuting, or telework, is considered a win-win for state governments. Employees avoid grueling commutes and high fuel costs; states realize healthier, more productive workers, better air quality, lower office space expenses, and less traffic congestion.
Governors have promoted telework initiatives—a policy almost no one opposes—as a way to allow state workers to spend more time with their families and communities, improving the quality of life for everyone.
By Christine Vestal, Stateline.org Staff Writer
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